My girlfriend Linda and I were exchanging texts the other day. She was catching up on her emails and wanted to let me know how much she liked my last newsletter. She said “You should color in the states that you’ve traveled to for Alegna Soap®. It would be interesting to see” I started thinking and decided to write about where soap making has taken me instead.
I’ve traveled to Rhode Island for perfuming classes and to Tennessee for business classes, but I’ve mostly stayed local for classes, Brooklyn, Manhattan and plenty of online classes. I really do believe in continuing education and enjoy learning.
I went to New Jersey to tape a segment of “Hack my Life“. Kevin made me feel so comfortable, I really wasn’t too nervous. Seriously, I was on TV! How cool is that!
I love conferences! I’ve been to North Carolina, Florida, Oregon, Nevada, Ohio, and next year I’ll add Georgia to the list. I even spoke at The Handmade Conference and the HSCG conference.
I went to Haiti with Marla and Amanda to teach the displaced women still living in tent camps how to make soap so they could support themselves. The trip deepened my gratitude for so many things I had taken for granted. Simple things like locks on my doors and indoor plumbing. You can read more here.
Where soap making has taken me that isn’t a place
I’ve grown tremendously since I’ve been soap making. I have more confidence and I’ve learned to push away my fears by pushing out my comfort zone. I’ve made soap making friends all over the world, and many of my customers have become friends too. Soap making has forced me to figure out things I’m not comfortable with, like bookkeeping, social media and dealing with a customer who doesn’t pay the invoice. I’ve spoken in public, something I never thought I’d be able to do. I was on TV! (Did I mention that?) I’m so grateful for where soap making has taken me.
What are you grateful for this week?
Yours in Gratitude,
Cindy Jones says
How fun. I agree, having my own business has been so exciting and allowed me to see and do many things and meet many people I would not have had the opportunity to otherwise.
Angela Carillo says
Owning a business does take me out of my shell Cindy. I’m happy you’ve had some great experiences too.